Speech prepared for the full Council meeting on 16th September 2004
Thank you, Mr Mayor, fellow members.
I am pleased to see the continuation of our bidding for money from central Government. We as an Authority have established a clear track record that can put together highly meritorious cases for investment in a range of initiatives with Medway at their heart.
I suppose now, Mr Mayor, the Labour side of the chamber will try to portray this as generosity by the government; but as we all know, it isnt their money that comes to us this way, but taxpayers money.
In a properly-administered nation, what are now ever-increasing national taxes in this country would have continued to be distributed fairly and sensibly in the annual budgeting process, instead of our peoples money being siphoned off to bail out the numerous wasteful Labour councils in other parts of the country—effectively a form of legitimised spongeing, Mr Mayor.
The real reasons they set up such a funding system are, of course, the usual ones in a Soviet-style dictatorship, as we have in Britain today, despite all the efforts they are making to disguise this:
Therefore, Mr Mayor, while we really shouldnt fall into the trap of giving the Government kudos for merely returning a relatively small part of our residents national tax money to them, we do need to play their game during their hopefully short remaining time in office.
Thank you very much, Mr Mayor.
John M Ward (Councillor, Rochester South and Horsted)